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Posts from the ‘Humans’ category

    “I Am Not an Animal!” – the video

    It’s surely the most important question in the world today: Why are we humans driving the Earth into a Sixth Great Extinction – an extinction event that will likely include our own species?

    Why, despite the fact that there are more animal protection groups and more environmental organizations than ever before, is the situation for our fellow animals and the whole world of nature getting worse by the day?

    And why do we humans, a supposedly highly intelligent species, continue hurtling down this catastrophic track?

    What to Call the Royal Baby: Canute?

    If you’re betting on the name of the baby boy just born to royals William and Kate, probably best go with James or George, the top favorites.

    But I’d vote for another name: Canute. The famous Danish king ruled England from 1016 to 1035, and is best known for his legendary encounter with the ocean, where he commanded the waves to stop advancing.

    The purpose of the operation was to point out the folly of human arrogance – and we could use a little of that wisdom right now. So giving the newborn the name Canute would be a novel way of turning public attention to what his future – and ours – has in store.

    On Banning Bestiality

    What exactly makes it a crime, punishable by potentially many years in prison, to have sex with a goat, a sheep or a cow, while, for example, it’s perfectly OK to kill that same animal and eat her? Or, indeed, to be entertained by her in any number of other ways?

    "We’re Humans, They’re Animals"

    The comments of soldiers at a checkpoint between Israel and Palestine are a classic example of what has been called the signature cry of all humanity: “I am not an animal.”

    In this case, as one of the soldiers puts it, “They’re animals; we’re humans.”

    Are Religions Bad for Animals?

    While religion itself is not in itself bad for animals, religions that seek to separate humans from the natural world are indeed a problem.

    (And, incidentally, there’s very little difference between a fundamentalist religious believer and an atheist transhumanist worshipper of technology.)

    Why the Gun Lobby Always Wins

    It’s hard to argue that murdering children with an assault weapon is what the Founding Fathers had in mind when they said that a “well-regulated militia” could protect a “free state” at a time when the newborn nation was fighting for its life against the British Empire.

    But this is not about rational arguments. Something much deeper is going on. Why are so many Americans afraid of losing their “right” to carry around practically any weapon of their choice? Why are they so emotional about it?